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Abel to Yzerman

Okay, NOW It’s Time to Get Serious…

First and foremost, this urgent announcement: Have you seen this man?

Oh that's right, he's in the press box. Shocking, really.

Okay, now that's out of the way, let cut to the chase, shall we? The Wings desperately need a win (/understatement); WInnipeg is coming off a hard-fought Gary's Gimmick win against the Sharts, and the Wings are coming off like, their Eleventeenth OT loss.

Babcock's benched his Golden Boy, and Franzen's back in to pick up - or unload more, who knows - the slack. Will the Wings be able to right the ship? Will Babcock club ALF over the head, put Cleary back in the number 11, and try to play it off like nothing ever happened? Will Ashton ever confess to being the father of Shandra's baby?

What (little) I do know, however, is that it's Business Time. Time for the boys to earn their paychecks. Time to show they belong.

Why? Because it's a Live Blog, bitches.

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Rumbear's avatar

ugh…

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 11/12/13 at 10:13 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

G’nite Gracie

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/12/13 at 10:13 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Fuching Setoguchi.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 11/12/13 at 10:13 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Yeah ALFIE

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 11/12/13 at 10:13 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

really….HOWARD WOW

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 11/12/13 at 10:14 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Jimmah the Sieve

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/12/13 at 10:14 PM ET

WestWing's avatar

swiss cheese

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 11/12/13 at 10:14 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Come on.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 11/12/13 at 10:14 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

UGH! not again….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 11/12/13 at 10:14 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

ALF buries one… high glove, great shot.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 11/12/13 at 10:14 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

I miss Brunner

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

ALF! Yea!

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Bent's avatar

Unreal.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

poop

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Little Redhead's avatar

Totally depressing…...

Ya all take care!

Posted by Little Redhead from the Engineer's chair on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Lovely.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Trish's avatar

Bun ova sitch.  Tired of this shite

Posted by Trish from Tampa/Clearwater FL on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Wings need to sacrifice a player…..

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Bent's avatar

10th consecutive home OT/shootout loss.  Wow, that is terribad.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 11/12/13 at 10:16 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

This is totally on Howard. All 5 million dollars worth of him.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/12/13 at 10:16 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK FACK FACK FACK FACK.

FACK.

Mother FACKER.

James is shit in shootouts. He plays the percentages, and that’s not nearly as effective in 1-on-1 situations as it is during a game.

FACK.

Sorry guys. No luck with the LB.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 11/12/13 at 10:16 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

The nice Canadian TSN announcers said it was the 6th straight loss at home for the Wings.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/12/13 at 10:17 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

This is totally on Howard. All 5 million dollars worth of him.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/12/13 at 10:16 PM ET

Yep.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 11/12/13 at 10:17 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Wings need to sacrifice a player…..
Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, watching the days go bye….. on 11/12/13 at 10:15 PM ET

Just one?

Samy? Mule? Weiss? Cleary? Alfredo?

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/12/13 at 10:18 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Man we had a guy who could really drill those shootout goals like those two on Jimmy.

His name is Marian Hossa.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 11/12/13 at 10:18 PM ET

Bent's avatar

I don’t understand the Howard blame lately, I think the lack of scoring is the bigger issue.  But he was horrible in the shootout tonight, and let himself get majorly deked on the 2nd goal.

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 11/12/13 at 10:19 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

The Hockey Gawds are PO’d.  Tick Tock has been given so much and ....he let’s them sit in Grand Rapids….winning make believe stuff.  Hard decisions need to be made…

Good night all…even with the loss I checked the weather and….

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, with 3 fingers of rum & a cigar.. on 11/12/13 at 10:20 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Wow..I’m getting tired of this shit…We need a better Howard…
God Natt Bitches !!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 11/12/13 at 10:21 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Lucky for Uncle Mike he has the Olympics to focus on. If he gave a shit about the Wings, he’d be really really upset.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/12/13 at 10:21 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Good night all…even with the loss I checked the weather and….
Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, watching the days go bye….. on 11/12/13 at 10:20 PM ET

Enjoy the hot tub.

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 11/12/13 at 10:22 PM ET

RedMenace's avatar

Posted by Bent from The U.P. on 11/12/13 at 10:19 PM ET

Well that’s just it - generally speaking, he’s good. Game situations where you can play the percentages (i.e. block the shots with your body positioning), not much trouble. He’s moderately athletic, but generally not quick enough to be able to react to solo shooters coming right down the slot.

If the defense shits the bed, he has to rely more on his athleticism, which isn’t much better than middling. I mean, I’m not trying to crap on Howard, because he’s an infinitely better goalie than I’ll ever be, but I’m in the camp of those who doesn’t think he’s “upper echelon.”

*shrug* It is what it is.

 

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 11/12/13 at 10:23 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Thanks Jimmah. He almost looked disinterested on the last shot. Something has got to change on this team. Non skate to throat mentality.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee on 11/12/13 at 10:27 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

I agree Howard hasn’t looked as quick or focused as I remember him being. Wonder if he’s injured or something big is happening in his personal life?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/12/13 at 10:37 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

but I’m in the camp of those who doesn’t think he’s “upper echelon.”

*shrug* It is what it is.

Posted by RedMenace from Team Slovaskimo Fighting Snipers on 11/12/13 at 10:23 PM ET

As am I. Since day 1. All he has to do is prove me wrong. I have taken sh!t regarding my take on Howard, but, he better start earning that fuching money he is being paid.  Someone said he is a playoff goalie. Well first we have to make the playoffs. Right?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/12/13 at 10:38 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Bolts won in a shootout. Winning goal by…  wait for it…  our old pal Wally.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 11/12/13 at 10:40 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I agree Howard hasn’t looked as quick or focused as I remember him being. Wonder if he’s injured or something big is happening in his personal life?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 11/12/13 at 10:37 PM ET

Olympics.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 11/12/13 at 10:41 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

This…

Jimmah the Sieve

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich

And this…

This is totally on Howard. All 5 million dollars worth of him.

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

I wonder if there’s a solution to this…

If the defense shits the bed, he has to rely more on his athleticism, which isn’t much better than middling.

Posted by RedMenace from Team Slovaskimo Fighting Snipers

Oh, right. He’s in GR, along with Gus.

Something has got to change on this team. Non skate to throat mentality.

Posted by cigar_nurse from Greenville South Cakalakee

Babcock will get right on that – as soon as the Olympics are over.  raspberry

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/13/13 at 03:07 AM ET

dougie's avatar

I dunno. I think the “olympic distraction” theme is just too easy an answer for what is troubling our team. Ya REALLY think Babcock is giving the team less than his total effort because he is coaching for Canuckistan in the Olympics? Same goes for Jimmah Howard?Really??

Google a recipe for chicken salad, folks. I don’t think you are gonna find one with chicken shit as the main ingredient. And frankly, there is enough poop on our roster this year that even a gallon of mayonnaise ain’t gonna make it taste but so good.

And that is enough mixed metaphors for one post. Good night, good morning, what ever it is.

Posted by dougie on 11/13/13 at 03:45 AM ET

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....here’s a novel idea….put helm into the shootout rotation…..force feed him breakaways…...since he seems to be the only wing who gets them…..i dunno, might not be such a bad thing…..shake it up a bit, uncle mike…....as if….

Posted by dingus from the salty great lake on 11/13/13 at 07:52 AM ET

Bill from GR's avatar

Out of 30 teams in the NHL, Howard sits at 39th in GAA and 44th in sv%.  Not sure what his rank is in salary.

Just sayin’.

Posted by Bill from GR on 11/13/13 at 12:51 PM ET

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